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Georgia Banking School


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The Georgia Banking School, a unique growth opportunity for qualified, highly-motivated bankers, is a challenging educational experience that demands a full personal commitment. The mission of the school is to prepare first-level and mid-level managers to effectively and profitably serve the public by:

  • Developing a thorough understanding of banking, focusing on critical banking functions, their inter-relationships, and the determinants of profitability,

  • Developing analytical skills and management techniques, and

  • Creating an awareness of the changing banking environment and the role of the commercial bank in the financial services industry.


The school provides a well-balanced curriculum utilizing UGA faculty members, experienced bankers and other well-qualified industry experts. Since 1961, the GBA-sponsored Georgia Banking School has been a highly-effective resource for developing the leadership talents of Georgia bankers.

“Every bank in Georgia should send someone to Georgia Banking School. The most valuable aspect of Banking School for me was the opportunity to learn from seasoned banking veterans who have respect for the ‘ups and downs’ inherent in our industry. As our class gathered in Athens, each year during the three year program it was a great opportunity to hear about ideas and challenges posed to banks across the state of Georgia.”


Steve Adams
Vice-President, Corporate Banking
Columbus Bank & Trust
Georgia Banking School Graduate of Distinction, 2010


2013-2014 School Dates
The 2014 school dates are Sunday, May 4 through Friday, May 9, 2014.  Classes are held at the University of Georgia Conference Center on the beautiful campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.  Students are housed at the University of Georgia Conference Center Hotel.


Admission Requirements
For admission, an applicant must:

  • be employed as an officer or key staff member of a Georgia bank;

  • have a college degree and two years banking experience, or a high school diploma and five years banking experience;

  • have successfully completed AIB courses in Principles of Banking, Money & Banking and Accounting, or equivalent coursework or demonstrated knowledge of these disciplines;

  • be recommended by the bank's CEO

Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are granted to participants who satisfactorily complete approved non-degree programs. CEUs are calculated on the basis of one CEU for each ten contact hours of the program. Participants of the Georgia Banking School will receive approximately 11.5 CEUs. Further information about CEUs may be obtained from your school coordinator while attending the Georgia Banking School.


Georgia Banking School Curriculum
The curriculum is designed to provide students with the following skills and knowledge:

  • specific skills to manage in the functional areas of banking;

  • an understanding of how banks fit within the financial services industry;

  • community banking sales and business development strategies and community economic development programs;

  • ability to solve problems, work in teams, and make decisions in a managerial setting; and

  • exposure to the increasingly complex and important areas of legal and regulatory issues including CRA issues, legal environment and bankruptcy issues, and the role of the Federal Reserve.

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The specific curriculum for each year is as follows:


First-Year Curriculum

Course descriptions for first-year students


  • Bank Financial Analysis
  • Retail Strategies
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Economics
  • Commercial Lending
  • Bank Technology Trends
  • Human Resources Legal and Diversity Issues
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Reaching Today’s Consumer Via Digital Channels
  • Compliance Management: Post Dodd-Frank Era
  • Employee Development
  • Coaching and Counseling
  • Economic Forecast
  • Asset/Liability Management I
  • Government Relations
  • Business Lending
  • Introduction to SBA Lending
  • Strategic Issues


Second-Year Curriculum

Course descriptions for second-year students


  • Special Assets
  • Tools for Portfolio Management
  • Appraisals and Commercial Real Estate Review
  • Investments I
  • Card Skimming Devices and the People Who Use Them
  • Secured Transaction Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Role of a Bank CEO
  • Compliance Hot Topics
  • Trust Services
  • Managing Conflict with Negotiation Skills
  • Asset/Liability Management II
  • Employment Law
  • Intro to BankExec
  • Sales Development
  • Risk Management delete
  • Economic Forecast
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Case Study: Cash Flow Lending
  • Bank Liquidity and Capital Planning  
  • Developing the Leader in You
  • Leaders Learning from History


Third-Year Curriculum

Course descriptions for third-year students

  • Intro to BankExec (Sun)
  • Bank Exec (Sun-Th)
  • Bank Exec Decisions (I – VIII)
  • BankExec Presentations (Fri)
  • Investments II
  • CEO/CFO Panel Discussion
  • Asset/Liability Management III
  • Bank Performance Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Management Simulation
  • Communication Styles
  • Presentation Skills
  • Corporate Credibility
  • Credit Policies and Procedures
  • Economic Outlook


Bank Management Simulation
The Bank Management Simulation takes place entirely in the third year of the program. This phase of the school allows students the opportunity to make decisions as senior officers of a bank. Working in teams, participants make operating, lending, and pricing decisions that influence bank profitability and bank stock price. The computer model allows students to make decisions, to receive quick feedback on the effectiveness of their decisions, and then to make new decisions which adjust bank operations to compensate for a large number of internal and external forces including competition, the economy, and regulatory constraints. As in the real world, good decisions lead to improved profits and higher stock prices and bad decisions generate reduced earnings and share prices.


Home Study Assignments and Problems
Between the on-campus sessions, banking school students complete six correspondence assignments. The typical assignment includes reading chapters from a commercial banking textbook and analyzing one or two cases. The cases reinforce many of the concepts learned during the on-campus sessions and give participants a heavy dose of hands-on analysis of real-world banking situations.


Cases involve bank profitability, commercial lending, and the management of liquidity, capital adequacy, and interest rate risk. The cases emphasize financial analysis and writing skills. Completion of the home study cases assigned is required for graduation from the school.


Online Learning Experience for Home Study Projects
New for the 2013-2014 school year, second and third year banking school students will utilize an online learning system to submit home study assignments, maintain a calendar, chat with fellow students, consult with their facilitator, read articles recommended by their instructors, and receive grades and instructors’ comments.  This new online learning experience will enable students to become actively engaged and stay connected with instructors, facilitators, and each other, significantly enhancing the school experience for students and staff alike.


Tuition for GBA members is $1,750. First year Georgia Banking School students may register by Jan. 31, 2014 and receive an early bird tuition of $1,625.

Tuition includes:  All instruction; supplemental materials; room and board for Sunday-Thursday nights at the University of Georgia Conference Hotel; daily breakfast and lunch; Welcome Reception and Dinner on Sunday, May 4; and daily refreshment breaks. Due to space constraints, two students will be assigned to each room.

Applicants from member banks of other state associations may attend the school at the member rate.


Tuition Cancellation and Refund Policy
If it becomes necessary for an accepted student to withdraw from the school, the following formula will be used for refunds:


Cancellation Notice Received:                Refund :
March 7, 2014 and earlier                       100%
Between March 8, and April 4, 2014        75%
Between April 5 – April 25, 2014             50%
Between April 26 – May 3, 2014              25%
No Show on May 4, 2014                       0% 

Questions?  Please email GBA's Kathy Friestad or call 404.420.2024.


See the GBA Schools Calendar for Details and Registration Links

Georgia Banking School

Southern Operations
and Technology School

Graduate School of Banking
at LSU

Southeastern School
of Commercial Lending

Southeastern School of Advanced Commercial Lending

Southeastern School
of Consumer Credit

Financial Managers School